Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
// Colossians 3:22-25
This scripture is challenging – “whatever you do”, or in other words, everything you do – do it as if you are working for God Himself, not for your boss.
I don't know about you, but I've had a job since I was 14 years old. I've worked in so many places and had many different “boss” experiences. Currently I work as a freelance TV & Branding Producer here in New York. I remember my first experience at a Production Company – I was fresh out of University in my early 20’s and I was working as a receptionist at an agency in Sydney, Australia. My boss, the owner of the company, was a lovely man. He was very talented, very erratic and he had trouble controlling his frustration and anger at work. He would frequently have outbursts in the office and the staff would avoid him.
Over the course of my first year, I was promoted a few times and found myself on the path to becoming a Producer. I'll never forget the day I had my annual review: I remember sitting down with my boss and he said to me, “I just don't think you have what it takes to be a Producer. You're not cut out for it.” I had worked so hard, had always gone the extra mile to get the job done for him, and this is what he says to me? I was distraught, holding back tears.
In hindsight, it was the best thing that he could have said, because it stirred something up on the inside of me and, being the strong-willed person I am, I set out to prove him wrong!
I love that Colossians 3 encourages us to work for our bosses as unto God. I love the feeling it gives me – a sense that I am ‘untouchable’... No mean boss, jealous co-worker, rude customer or angry client can affect my heart, my joy or my contentment, because I know that as I work hard with integrity and do my best, God has my back! After all, I am His daughter and He desires to provide for me. And that's exactly the same for you.
Don't be overwhelmed by guilt when you read this verse, but rather be encouraged to get back on that horse and bring honor to God through your work. If you're on social media all the time at work, maybe it's time to stop! If you have been gossiping about coworkers, I challenge you to start lifting others up instead of pulling them down. If you're always late for work, why don't you work at being the first one in the office? You are an agent of cultural change in your workplace – you carry the presence of God with you wherever you go. God desires for you to stand out by your good works and by going the extra mile to serve your earthly ‘masters’, because that truly honors Him.
// Georgie Kelsey